Genre: Drama, Shounen, Supernatural, Vampire
Released: 2015 – 2 seasons
Owari no Seraph or Seraph of the End, is the story of 2 little boys and their family, Yuichiro Hyakuya and Mikaela Hyakuya. The two met at the Hyakuya orphanage, and alongside the kids who were already there, they all became a small family with Yu and Mika as their older brother figures.
The series start to develop following an apocalyptic event, the “Seraph of the End”, that decimated almost all living creatures expect for kids 13 years old and younger. Vampires who used to be hiding in the human society, used that chance to come out of the shadows and rule the world. They’ve established a new system of life for the remaining humans who were mostly kids, and they would live in a ravaged underground supervised by the vampires in exchange for their blood.
The Hyakuya family had been part of that system as well for some time after the world ended. Mika was an open minded, free spirited kid who wanted to go outside and leave the undergrounds. One day, he met with a noble vampire, 13th progenitor Ferid Bathory, the latter promised Mika to give him anything he wishes in exchange for blood. Ferid must’ve loved Mika’s blood, as Mika would come back home with new items almost everyday. Yu finding that rather suspicious asked Mika where he was getting all of that and Mika told him, Mika also told Yu that he was secretly gathering materials to escape the undergrounds as the items he would ask for were things such as a map of the underground.
The story gathers momentum and develops rather quickly at that point, so to avoid any spoilers I will wrap up the Overview section with the main focus of the story without revealing too much.
There exists a faction in the Japanese government called the Moon Demon Company responsible for executing vampires and regaining control. The soldiers face the powerful vampires by bonding with a demon and use their power to exterminate them. The soldiers have to be really careful and possess a really strong spirit as if they are not, they will get possessed by the demons in their weapons and die. However, although the vampires are the explicit bad guys, perversion exists within the Moon Demon Company, as they do not relent to try any means to get rid of the vampires, and they have vicious ways to get to their objectives, sometimes having apocalyptic consequences. Making the antagonists of the story rather unclear.
The characters are so rich. In any setting of post world apocalypse you are most likely going to find characters with a lot of depth and I live. Attack on Titan is a recent example. In Seraph of the End, Yu has been through so much and he became determined with eliminating the vampires, but when the corruption of the Moon Company becomes blatant, it comes down to Yu and his friends against the world. Yu shares very strong bonds with his friends which he considers family, especially Mika, their interactions as a family, perhaps a little more than that at times, can really lighten the mood of the show in all the darkness of this anime. (The anime isn’t that dark, but it has its moments).
Yu possesses a special, rare and dangerous power that makes him lose control when he becomes emotionally distressed and it’s pretty dope, it has the vampires trembling, but some nobles can still tackle him. In other words, the fights in this anime are very worthwhile.
Vampires are a highlight for sure, and not just the regular no-name vamps, the noble ones. The progenitors are so powerful and some of their names refer to real life “vampires”, such as Krul Tepes and Ferid Bathory. If you don’t know who these two real life references are, quickly google “Elizabeth Bathory or Vlad III”.
And finally, most anime involving vampires not only have gorgeous character designs but also, a dark, bloody theme attached to them, and added to the fact that Seraph of the End is a dark fantasy, the theme fits very well.
Seraph of the End could be one of the best dark fantasies out there, the thing is, it only has 2 seasons and those 2 only bring out so much. A lot of development awaits the series in so many aspects, but they’re cut short because there is no 3rd season. Despite that, however, Owari no Seraph is still an amazing anime, the characters are great and the story line is pretty epic especially since the seemingly good guys could also be the bad guys. Bottom line is, go watch this anime. SirMeliodas Approved.